First some background.
I never bought a Powertel Dongle neither did I buy an Africom dongle. However I used both extensively. I used Powertel’s Dongle for close to a whole month. The Africom dongle I used it for close to six weeks.
We will start by focusing our eyes on Powertel.
When my brother borrowed me his dongle, I was happy. I thought this is the opportunity to do all sorts of things. I plugged the dongle onto my laptop and I saw magick.
I opened facebook, searched some ex-Japanese cars and the experience was smooth.
All hell broke loose on day number three. The good speeds dropped to tortoise slow speeds.
I could hardly open my email, even if I choose the faster HTML version only of Gmail.
I asked my brother what it was and he told me it happens a lot.
Well, the $50 dollars per month all you can eat deal is really great, untill you heat slow territory. I enquired with the Powertel guys and they said “Our engineers are looking into it”!
Infact so bad was the customer care that the fellow didnt have a clue about what I was talking about really.
When I pressed him for more info he told me to wait for the engineer to explain. I tried every trick in the book, using a long extension cable, putting my dongle on a raised place outside my window and nothing faster than a snail was experienced.
Then I checked online and I saw that this was a perennial and universal Powertel issue…
I then borrowed my friends Africom dongle..
This was better than the Powertel thing by miles… In fact it was so good. The network has a huge uptime and very rare cases were you have 0.2kbps speeds that I experienced with Powertel.
However, comparing these two Africom is way ahead. It beats Powertel and leaves it clutching the dust. It shamelessly outdid the Powertel thing on countless occasions. (The only time I got decent speeds on Powertel was midnight to 4am)
Powertel has a $25 per Gigabyte fee. For heavy internet usage that is really a paltry amount.
Africom wins hands down. If only they could make their data plans cheaper. If you look at it, at $50 you get 2.5 gigs from Econet Wireless and you get only 2 gig from Africom!! Hey Africom Econet is supposed to be expensive than most.
Besides, honestly Econet has better speeds than Africom. Since this is an Powertel vs Africom post, lets leave Econet out of this..